Kathy Nellett, RN, OCN, CBCN,
Breast Care Coordinator
You discover a tiny lump in your breast during your monthly self-examination. A digital mammogram confirms that it might be an abnormal growth, and a biopsy is ordered. Your mind races with questions: What happens next? Where do I go from here?
The answer is Breast Care Coordinator Kathy Nellett, RN, OCN, CBCN. As part of the team at The Cancer Institute of Doylestown Hospital, she helps patients navigate what lies ahead.
"Patients are overwhelmed by the choices they have to make," says Ms. Nellett. She has been a nurse for 30 years, specializing in cancer research and care for over 15 years. Ms. Nellett's first meeting with her clients usually occurs in the Women's Diagnostic Center when they arrive for a breast biopsy. In addition to accompanying the patient during her biopsy, Ms. Nellett can meet with the patient to help coordinate all aspects of her care as well as referrals for second opinions, if requested.
Doylestown Hospital is a member of the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Network, offering access to nationally recognized cancer experts. Ms. Nellett believes knowledge is power, and she provides a great deal of information. "I help them understand what's happening and what the next step will be," she says. Family members are welcome in meetings with Ms. Nellett to calm their fears and concerns as well. She helps patients handle the emotional side of dealing with cancer through referrals to a breast cancer support group or social worker, if needed.